Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day 2021 marks another holiday best celebrated at home. Why not indulge with an extra-special experience centered around food and drink, courtesy of local restaurants? With indoor gatherings still ill-advised by health officials during the pandemic, New Orleans restaurants, bakeries, and pop-ups are offering special takeout menus and packages to help couples enjoy a little romance at home. At the very least, you’ll avoid bearing witness to any over-the-top PDA, unless it’s your own.
Did we miss an at-home Valentine’s Day special? Let us know. This guide will continue to be updated through Wednesday, February 10.
Breakfast in bed from Brennan’s
Start the special day with a famous Brennan’s breakfast delivered right to your door — it includes the signature Brandy milk punch, eggs Hussarde, strawberries and cream, and individual king cakes for dessert. The $75 package (for two) arrives cold and comes with instructions to heat at home. Order by February 11 at noon for pickup on February 13 between 3 and 5 p.m. or for delivery via DoorDash, to be delivered between 3 and 5 p.m. on February 13.
Pre-fixe dinner from GW Fins
The always-indulgent GW Fins has a three-course Valentine’s Day to-go menu this year, with both seafood and non-seafood dishes available. The menu includes choices of tempura royal red shrimp, crispy pork belly, or lobster dumplings to start; the famous scalibut, shrimp risotto, black sea bass, or filet as entree options; and a chocolate mousse bombe with raspberry coulis or strawberry satsuma shortcake for dessert. Unlike the other options, it’s available to pick up on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February when ordered by Thursday, February 11 (by phone).
Cocktails from Jewel of the South
French Quarter gem Jewel of the South continues to offer Date Night at Home cocktail kits, and the packages available for Valentine’s Day are exceptionally well-curated. Made for two, options include the bar’s raspberry 75 (a play on a French 75) that comes with a special bottle of Moet, a classic Sazerac that comes with a special chocolate cognac, or a strawberry chocolate negroni. Preorder online to pickup through Valentine’s Day.
Four-course dinner kit from Josephine Estelle
The Valentine’s Day dinner kit for two from the Ace’s Italian restaurant Josephine Estelle lets couples to put together a special four-course meal (plus canapés!) without doing too much heavy lifting. The menu includes mushroom and black truffle puff pastry; campanelle pasta with mushroom, leek, and black truffle; fennel-spiced pork tenderloin with farro, root vegetables, and mustard pork reduction; and chocolate ricotta cheesecake with a chicory chocolate crumble. The $69 kit (serves two) can be ordered here through February 10 to pick up between noon and 5 p.m., Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14.
Meal delivery from L’Enfant Terrible
L’enfant Terrible is the catering company and pop-up kitchen from local chef Matthew Kopfler, and the best part is it’s all delivery. The Valentine’s Day menu comes with a tropical salad to start and strawberries and chocolate mousse for dessert, with potato gnocchi, grilled snapper, or hangar steak as entree options. A meal for one ranges from $53 to $76, depending on the entree, and is available to order through Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. for home delivery on February 14 between 3 and 5 p.m.
Vegan and kid-friendly courses from Kindred
Vegan comfort food abounds at Caroline Nassrah’s Maple Street restaurant, and for Valentine’s Day she has a special menu for solo diners and kids as well as couples. The five-course prix fixe dinner for $30 per person comes with a choice of minestrone or cauliflower soup, Brussels sprouts salad, artichoke cakes or eggplant balls, stuffed pasta shells or stuffed bell peppers, vanilla cake with chocolate cream filling and strawberries for dessert. Kids are covered with vegan chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, tater tots, and a cupcake, all for $10.
Viet-style crawfish boil from Palm & Pine
Palm & Pine isn’t lying when it calls boiled crawfish “just about the most romantic thing we can think of.” It’s the start of crawfish season in New Orleans, and for Valentine’s Day French Quarter restaurant Palm & Pine is boiling them with lemongrass butter, Viet-Cajun spices, and sweet Vietnamese sausage to peel and eat at home. For $26, get two pounds of crawfish, Dong Phuong bread, and a choice of two non-alcoholic beverages (including Jarritos, Topo Chico, Squirt, and Big Shot Pineapple); add an additional pound of crawfish for $8. Preorder online starting Thursday, February 11, to pickup on Sunday, February 14 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Virtual cooking class with Saba
The virtual cooking series with Saba chef Alon Shaya and his wife Emily are worth checking out this year, and the Valentine’s Day Date Night menu looks especially promising — there’s marinated cheese, pomegranate and arugula salad, gnocchi with tomato sauce, and a chocolate tahini sundae. Digital-only tickets for the class are still available for $65 per registration and comes with a shopping list and recipe card to get and prep ingredients in advance. Register by February 10 at 5 p.m. for the 5 p.m. class on Sunday, February 14.
A la carte takeout from Toups Meatery
As with most holidays, Toups Meatery can be relied on for a festive meal on Valentine’s Day this year, and it’s available for takeout. Cajun chef Isaac Toups is offering a special a la carte menu of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts that includes Louisiana crab salad, a smoked confit duck leg quarter, seafood lasagna with saffron bechamel, and chocolate mousse with macerated berries. Orders must be placed by Thursday, February 11 for pickup on Saturday, February 13 between 3 and 5 p.m.
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